The right decor can transform an unused porch into an outdoor room that the whole family can enjoy. And keeping the family outdoors helps keep the indoors cleaner and gives you more time to relax. Try some of these decorating tips to transform a boring porch into an inviting summer room.
Simple Color Palette
Blue and white is a simple color combination that provides a breezy beach feel. Add splashes of tan under feet in flooring color or a natural sisal area rug to mimic the color of a sandy beach.
Eco-Friendly Teak Furniture
Teak wood is ideal for outdoor furniture. Teak withstands exposure to the elements and looks better as it ages. Teak wood is harvested from managed forests, so it’s an eco-friendly wood option that will last for years.
Natural Porch Accents
Sisal rugs are made from natural material and will create a foundation for an organic feeling outdoor room. Add other porch accent pieces made from natural woven materials like side tables and coffee table made from banana leaves or sea grass.
Add Tropical Elements
Use specific houseplants to offer a hint of warmer climates. Parlor palms, coconut palms and philodendrons are easy to care for, will thrive in an outdoor porch space and provide cool, breezy tropical feel to the porch.
Colored Glass Bottles and Seashells
Add a few light reflecting glass bottles in shades of ocean blue and sky blue to porch décor. Limit clutter in the outdoor room by limiting the amount of tchotchkes placed in around the porch. Decorate with a few glass bottles placed in a location that will catch and reflect sunlight and bring out those treasured seashells found on beach trips to add a warm, cozy beach feel to the outdoor space. Hang light-reflecting wind chimes that will catch the summer breeze and brighten the porch.
Create a Sense of Enclosure
Creating a sense of enclosure will make the porch feel more like an room. Bamboo blinds, louvered doors, room dividers or tall houseplants can provide that sense of enclosure and protection from the elements so the porch can be used even on rainy days. A little enclosure makes an outdoor porch more conducive to afternoon naps too.
Soften Outdoor Room with Curtains
Hang curtains made from outdoor fabric to soften the hard edges of the outdoor room and make it feel comfortable and cozy. Hang curtains high and let them billow down to the porch floor to create a breezy feel and to provide protection from elements.
Pile on the pillows in the outdoor room for lazy afternoons of lounging relaxation. Use pillows made from outdoor fabrics that have bold, tropical designs in the same simple color palette chosen for the porch.